April 7, 2012
The Gophers had six different gymnasts and a total of seven routines qualify for tonight’s Big Ten Individual Event Finals. Participants qualified by virtue of finishing in the top ten on their event during the first day of the competition.
The following Minnesota gymnasts qualified for day two of the conference competition and an opportunity to compete for an individual event title: Russell Dabritz on the still rings and parallel bars, Adam Kern and Zack Chase on the vault, Steve Jaciuk on the high bar, and Kyle Banks and Harris Coleman on the floor exercise.
Minnesota had four routines finish in the top five. Senior Russell Dabritz posted two fifth-place finishes, scoring a 15.20 on the still rings and a 14.55 on the parallel bars. Freshman Steve Jaciuk finished in fourth place on the high bar with a score of 14.5.
Zack Chase was the highest scoring Gopher of the evening. Chase finished second on the vault with an impressive 15.3.
Chase earned Second-Team All-Big Ten Honors for the Gophers as well. And senior Travis Heaver was presented as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
“I’m very proud of how our finalists competed tonight against the best gymnasts in the Big Ten and in many cases the best gymnasts in the country,” head coach Mike Burns said. “This meet showed our guys they belong in the group of elite programs. As we prepare for the NCAA Championships in two weeks, we will be able to tap into what we did this weekend to stay focused on the task at hand."
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